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Friday, January 30, 2009
Show & Tell Friday for January 30
It looks as if today I will finally manage to post something for Show & Tell Friday. I decided to share some of the winter decor around my home. We are going to have snow up here for a good long time yet, so I might as well celebrate it!
A wintery welcome to you! When I undecorated the Christmas tree, I decided that the cardinal, dull gold jingle bell, and pretty red skates all deserved new homes on the front door wreath. I took the "Merry Christmas" bow off, but left the red wooden bead garland in place. On the dining room table I piled various snowflake ornaments into a candy dish that looks as if it's been carved from ice. The quilted snowflake mat under the dish was made by my friend Marilyn. Here is how I decorated the middle shelf of my hutch for winter. The creche occupied this shelf during the Christmas season, keeping the true meaning of the season central to my decorating. Now the snowmen are on this shelf. A friend gave me the nifty snowman basket in the center via a Yankee swap one year. The cute wire-handled snowmen I found in our local hardware store at an after-Christmas sale a few years back. I love their look -- glittery, yet primitive at the same time. The card behind them is one I bought myself just to use in decorating. The two snowmen on the right came from a dollar store years ago. The next shelf up looks much the same as it did at Christmas, but I have taken down the pop-up Santa snowglobe and replaced it with another bottle brush tree. The "Snow" card on the right was made by a dear friend. Here's how I have decorated my kitchen island for winter. Winter is such a great time to stay in and bake! I was given the red recipe box by my mother. It's one she started using as a teenager. The old spices came from her spice cabinet. The old cookie cutters were my grandmother's. The Gooseberry Patch books are not old, but they fit the theme. I tied it all together with a little table mat I sewed up from fabric my daughter had given me. In the living room, the first thing to catch your eye might be this beautiful jigsaw puzzle in progress. It's called "Walking to Town" and is a White Mountain Puzzle. The picture is by Vermont artist Fred Swan. Isn't it gorgeous? I scanned a Christmas card to put this same picture on my computer desktop. The puzzle was a gift from a dear friend. That winter sky is a challenge! Here's the garland over the picture window. The garland stays in place year round and I change the trims seasonally. I have trimmed it with snowflakes and icicles for winter. And lastly, a closeup of one corner of the garland to show you the beauty of the shimmery icicles and snowflakes. The snowflakes came from The Christmas Loft. The icicles were some I found at Wal*Mart on an after-Christmas sale one year. So that is my wintry show & tell for today. To see what others have shared for Show & Tell Friday, head on over to There is No Place Like Home
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.